For years, Ask.com has basically been roadkill in the search-engine wars. Trailing way behind Google, Yahoo and Microsoft's Bing, it has a market share online data tracker ComScore estimates at just 3.6%.
The TechCrunch conference, like the blog that puts it on, is all about startups and the unabashed energy of the new. That means, of course, that some companies debuting at the three-day conference are more ready for prime time than others.
In a dramatic about-face, Ask.com is abandoning its effort to outshine Internet search leader Google Inc. and will instead focus on a narrower market consisting of married women looking for help managing their lives.
Stocks fell sharply at the start of Monday's session as Citigroup's warning that it could suffer billions more in subprime mortgage-related losses worried investors about the health of the broader financial sector.
Internet conglomerate IAC/InterActiveCorp. posted disappointing quarterly results on Tuesday on lower revenue at its key HSN shopping channel and unexpected weakness at its Ticketmaster box office service, sending shares down more than 5 percent.
Even as we live more and more of our lives online, the impulse to gather in physical space grows stronger. So we are organizing something called Fortune's iMeme: The Thinkers of Tech, a gathering in San Francisco in mid-July. There Fortune's staff will sit down together with some of the smartest technology leaders to make sense of where we are going.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Barry Diller knows he has a tough fight on his hands. But the former media mogul turned Internet empire builder hopes that he can outdo Google, Yahoo! and MSN in the ultra-competitive world of online search.
Online search stocks have defied gravity, with many investors apparently thinking that the Internet ad market would boom ad infinitum and that there would never be ugly pricing pressures to curtail growth.